Bright One, the talk of Churchill Downs after two impressive victories in maiden company and an overnight stakes, lived up to the hype Sunday afternoon when he toyed with nine foes in his graded-stakes debut and ran away with the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort.
Trainer Dale Romans was credited with the 1,000th victory of his career when he sent out Haiaccept to win the sixth race at Churchill Downs Sunday.
Joint Effort, ridden by Rene Douglas, opened a clear lead in the stretch and held off a late surge from Ready to Please and Victorina to score a one-length victory in Saturday's $167,850 Dogwood Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.
Purdedel and WinStar Stable's Sharp Humor has been diagnosed with a small fracture of the left knee which will knock him off the Triple Crown trail.
If Sharp Humor wins Saturday's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), "it might be the largest winner's circle picture of all time at Churchill Downs," said the colt's trainer, Dale Romans.
A $2.2-million Storm Cat--Brushed Halory colt, which was the second-highest-priced 2-year-old sold at public auction this year, now belongs to Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai, according to Dale Romans.
William S. Farish, Jr.'s Seaside Retreat displayed his affinity for the Churchill Downs surface during a strong workout Thursday morning, after which trainer Mark Casse said the colt was confirmed for the May 6 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Sinister Minister or no Sinister Minister, Sharp Humor is the one they'll have to catch on May 6, says the colt's trainer Dale Romans. And any horse who dares look Romans' gladiator in the eye early in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will pay the price.
Purdedel Stable's Sharp Humor, winner of the Swale (gr. II) and runner-up to unbeaten Barbaro in the Florida Derby (gr. I) breezed one mile at Churchill Downs April 20 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 6.
Purdedel Stable's Sharp Humor, winner of the Swale (gr. II) and runner-up in the Florida Derby (gr. I), worked a sizzling five furlongs on Thursday at Churchill Downs in preparation for a planned start in the May 6 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I.
Trainer Dale Romans, jockey Rafael Bejarano and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey earned individual honors in the 16th annual Kentucky Thoroughbred Media (KTM) awards presented to Kentucky racing's statistical leaders in 2005.
The gritty 13-1 outsider Sharp Humor battled back along the rail to defeat the heavy choice Noonmark in the $150,000 Swale (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
A handsome bay colt became the first horse Tuesday to command a seven-figure price at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training when he brought a $2.2-million final bid from Dale Romans.
Donald Dizney's homebred Joint Effort found clear running in the stretch and swept past her rivals to win the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Ocala Stud Oaks for 3-year-old California and Florida-bred fillies at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
A second barn at Turfway Park has been quarantined because of equine herpesvirus, which was first discovered at the Northern Kentucky racetrack the week before Christmas.
The 21-day fall meet at Churchill Downs, the first at the historic track since the completion of its $121 million renovation and the first since 2002 that was not limited by construction, concluded on Nov. 26 with gains in both on-track and total wagering and on-track attendance.
Jockey Mark Guidry took off his mounts on Saturday following a spill in Friday's 10th race at Churchill Downs.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who lost handicap stars Roses in May and Kitten's Joy to injuries earlier this year, have a Breeders' Cup contender after all. Their overlooked juvenile Dawn of War sprang a major upset in the $500,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland Saturday.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Kitten's Joy, last year's male grass champion who also received support for a 3-year-old championship, has been retired from racing and is scheduled to arrive Sept. 27 at Ramsey Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy, last year's champion turf male, will be sent to Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington on Sunday to have his left knee examined following two sub par workouts, and will be forced to miss the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT).
Ken Ramsey, owner and breeder of 2004 turf champion Kitten's Joy, said Saturday that the 4-year-old colt will not travel to France for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) as originally planned, but will instead prepare for the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Roses in May, a top handicap horse over the past two seasons, has been retired by owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey due to a torn tendon in the horse's left front leg.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Roses in May breezed six furlongs in 1:14 4/5 over the main Saratoga Race Course track Thursday with Angel Cordero Jr. in the irons.
The Arlington Million (gr. IT) Saturday at Arlington Park could easily be mistaken for an all-star game, with group and graded stakes-caliber runners filling every post and Kitten's Joy and European shipper Powerscourt highlighting the field.
One year ago trainer Dale Romans saddled 3-year-old Kitten's Joy to an impressive 3 1/4-length win in the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park. This year the Kentucky-based trainer hopes to return to the winner's circle when the son of El Prado takes the gate for the Aug. 13 Arlington Million (gr. IT).
Roses in May, last year's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) victor and the 2005 Dubai World Cup winner, breezed five furlongs over Saratoga's main track Friday morning in :59 4/5. "He looked great," trainer Dale Romans said.
The spring meet at Churchill Downs, the first race meet since the completion of its ambitious $121 million renovation, ended its 52-day run on Sunday with double-digit gains in on-track attendance and wagering and a slight decline in off-track betting.
Grass champion Kitten's Joy drove to the front along the hedge just inside the eighth pole and drew away to win the $274,000 Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs in his triumphant first start of the year.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy, winner of the Eclipse Award as America's grass champion in 2004, makes his season debut as the 3-5 morning line favorite in Monday's Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.
Reigning American turf champion Kitten's Joy turned in his final major prep for his 2005 debut in Monday's 16th running of the $250,000-added Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) with a blistering five-furlong turf workout between races on Wednesday at Churchill Downs.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy, the Eclipse Award winner as America's turf champion in 2004, heads a group of 36 older turf stars nominated to the $250,000-added Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) on July 4.
Eclipse Award turf champion and a rising turf star turned in works at Churchill Downs in preparation for scheduled runs in the July 4 Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
In the 136-year history of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), according to New York Racing Association officials, no maiden has won the "Test of the Champion." Challenging that time-tested theory in the 1 ½-mile classic Saturday are breeder-owner Ken Ramsey and trainer Dale Romans with Nolan's Cat.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) morning-line favorite Afleet Alex was relocated from Barn 14 to Barn 5 Thursday due to the presence of fellow Belmont starter Nolan's Cat, who is in the same barn.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy, the Eclipse Award winner as America's outstanding turf star in 2004, returned to serious training Thursday with a work over Churchill Downs' Matt Winn Turf Course.
Churchill Downs has ended its halt to shipments of horses from three Florida facilities where possible cases of the equine bacterial disease strangles had been reported, although restrictions remain for horses that have been housed in quarantined or restricted barns at those tracks and training centers.
The 10th edition of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) may not have been the best quality race ever staged at Nad Al Sheba but, as predicted, the Dale Romans-trained Roses in May scored a fifth win in the race for America.
If the build up to Saturday's $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) has revealed one thing, it is that there will be no excuses for any of the four American runners in the Nad al Sheba showpiece.
Seven horses at Gulfstream Park's Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla. have tested positive for the equine bacterial disease known as strangles.
Mixed vibes surround America's four runners in Saturday's $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) although none of their connections had any concerns about Wednesday's post position draw.
Roses in May has filled trainer Dale Romans with confidence he'll leave Dubai with the world's richest horse racing prize, the $6 million Dubai World Cup (gr. I) on March 26.
With a wide move on the far turn, jockey Luis Quinonez and Added Edge closed stoutly to just get up for a neck victory over 23-1 shot Mauk Four in the $125,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) Sunday at Oaklawn Park.
Donn Handicap (gr. I) runner-up Roses in May blasted his way through his final workout in Florida Friday morning before a long flight to the Middle East for the March 26, $6 million Dubai World Cup.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Roses in May, early favorite for Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap, posted a five-furlong breeze in 1:02 4/5 for trainer Dale Romans Saturday at Palm Meadows training center.
Hangovers weren't the only thing to come out of the Eclipse Awards dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jan. 24. Various connections gave voice to their private plans as to where they hope to run prominent horses in the coming months
Under strong left-handed urging from jockey Eddie Martin Jr., favored Halory Leigh pulled away from the rest to post an easy win in the $325,200 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs On Thanksgiving Thursday.
Team Valor Stables and Robert J. Wilson's Added Edge won the $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Mile Saturday night by the slimmest of margins over Coach Jimi Lee.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy is recovering at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. after undergoing surgery Nov. 9 to remove bone chips from his left front knee. The runner-up in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 30 had several carpal tips removed from the knee according to Dr. Larry Bramlage, who performed the operation.
Favored Lady Tak dictated the pace and led well into the stretch but the standout sprinter was unable to hold off surging outsider Halory Leigh, who scored an impressive win in the $230,400 Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs Sunday.
A stellar 2004 racing season for Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (grade I) runner-up Roses in May might continue as trainer Dale Romans said Tuesday that the colt could run in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (grade II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 26.
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